Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s


Youth Ministry

On Sunday, May 31st, the Youth Group will be supporting the River Dell Golf Team’s “Play for Craig” Mini-Golf Fundraiser to raise money in memory of Craig Turner.  Craig was lost earlier this year to a rare type of brain tumor.  The goal is to raise a sufficient amount of money to help raise awareness in honor of Craig.

Instead of our regular Youth Group meeting, we will take part in this fundraiser.  We will meet and leave directly from the Paramus Mini-Golf Course.  Cost is $8 and proceeds will go to the American Brain Tumor Association.

Click here for permission slip.

Permission Slips due at the Rectory by Thursday, May 28th.

On Sunday, June 28th, after the Parish Picnic, the Youth Group will be hosting its annual Summer Kickoff BBQ.  Any graduating 8th grader and high school student is welcome to join us for some fun, games, and food!


Food Drive

We will be conducting a parish Food Drive on the weekend of June 6/7. Please bring donations to the Gathering Space any time up until 2:00 PM on Sunday.

All nutritious food will be gratefully accepted, but especially needed are canned meats and tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, tomato sauce, canned and dried beans, rice and baby food. Also: paper goods, personal hygiene products and diapers.

Thanks for your help!

Signing the deal

Bread for the World
Offering of Letters

Focus for 2015 Bread for the World Letter Writing Campaign: Feed Our Children

It’s that time of the year again, when St. Peter’s Parish will write to their legislators in Congress to let them know about issues that are of concern. On June 6 and 7, the Bread for the World Letter Writing Campaign is asking Congress to renew domestic nutrition programs to aid children — the nation’s poorest and most desperate and vulnerable victims. Last year, parishioners of St. Peter wrote more than 1,000 letters — and we made a difference!

Your letters have always helped and influenced. Please consider participating again this year.


To make it easier for you to participate in our 2015 Bread for the World Campaign: Feed Our Children, JustFaith Ministries has made the following letter available for your review.

Click for Letter (Word file)

On June 6/7, the letter will be individually pre-addressed to each of our federal legislators: Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Representative Garrett. You will therefore be asked to sign your name and address on each letter (3 times).

JustFaith Ministries will mail these letters for you. There will be a basket to help us defray the cost of mailing.

For those wishing to prepare the letters in advance:

The Honorable Robert Menendez
One Gateway Center, Suite 1100
Newark, NJ 07102

The Honorable Cory Booker
One Gateway Center, 23rd Floor
11-43 Raymond Plaza West
Newark, NJ 07102

The Honorable Scott Garrett
266 Harristown Road, Suite 104
Glen Rock, NJ 07452


Open Small Christian
Communities Night


Open Small Christian Communities Evening
Saturday, June 13
in the Parish Center

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Matthew 18:20

The Small Christian Communities Core Committee invites all men and women of the Parish to an Open SCC Night. Whether you’re in an active, struggling or disbanded SCC … even if you have never been a member of a Small Christian Community … you’re invited to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends.

Below is a brief outline of the evening’s itinerary:
5:30 PM: We will all celebrate Mass together. Immediately following there will be a Meatball Pasta Dinner and time to socialize.
7:00 PM: a simulated SCC experience… Simply put a group reflection on the day’s scripture.
8:00 PM:  a conversation with Fr. Mike.

The evening is expected to conclude sometime between 8:30-9:00.

Please click on the RSVP tab to sign up.

Click here for more information about Small Christian Communities  at St. Peter’s.

Please RSVP so we can prepare the food and environment. Thank you!



St. Peter’s Family Festival
June 27 and 28

Celebration of Families
Saturday, June 27
10:30 AM to 2:00 PM
here at St. Peter’s!

Enjoy a morning and early afternoon filled with family activities and games, centered around St. Peter, our patron saint. There will be a guest speaker, Fred Schuldt. Lunch is included.

Please RSVP using the online sign-up form:


St. Peter’s Festival
Mass and Picnic

On Sunday, June 28th, there will be Mass at 12:30 at Memorial Park in River Edge (weather permitting), followed by the family picnic from about 2:00 to 7:00 PM.

You will not want to miss this annual event of fellowship, fun and food.

If your last name ends in:
A – M:
You’re invited to bring a dessert for the sharing table
N – Z: 
You’re invited to bring an appetizer or salad for the sharing table

Most importantly, bring yourself and your family. We look forward to seeing you!

(You may want to bring a lawn chair for comfortable seating.)

In case of rain, the festival moves to St. Peters gym. No rain date changes.


Donations Needed for
Summer Mission Trips

This July 19-25, twenty high school students along with Fr. Matthew, Mrs. Dawn Rivas, Sean and Christine (Ng) Hickey, and Paul and Linda Kazenecki will be participating in three separate mission trips. The sites are “Toppa Joppa” with the Glenmary Missions in Northern Tennessee, “Nazareth Farm” a Catholic faith based service program in West Virginia and a local “Work Week” here at the Archdiocesan Youth Center.

Our largest expense is the transportation cost, which requires renting two vehicles and the cost of gas. Thank you very much for your faithful and support in previous and in advance for your support again this year. Any donations would be made to St. Peter the Apostle with the attention to the Mission Trip. If you have any questions please contact Fr. Matthew.



Sharing God’s Blessings
Annual Appeal

Thousands of people in the four counties served by the Archdiocese of Newark are assisted each year through various programs and ministries funded by the Appeal, including Parishes, Catholic Education, Seminarian Education & Formation, Priest Retirement and Health Care Costs, Catholic Charities, Campus Ministry and Youth Ministry.

Our parish also benefits by receiving a rebate from the appeal if it exceeds its goal.

See firsthand the impact that YOUR gift makes and submit your pledge online!



Parish Goal:  $91,970
Pledges: $10,640 (12% of Goal)
Participation: 2% (40 of 1900 parish families)



Faith Formation Classes:
2015-16 Registration Info

Register your child(ren) for the
GIFT Program. Due now.


Register your child(ren) for the
Traditional Program. Due now.



Family Promise of Bergen County

Did you know:
♥ FAMILIES make up the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in Bergen County?
♥ 1 out of 5 children in NJ live below the poverty line?
♥ If a family becomes homeless and has nowhere to go, their children can be placed in foster care?

Family Promise keeps families together. Family Promise of Bergen County is the only organization in the county providing shelter and services for working families who become homeless and helps them return to self-sufficiency.

FAMILY PROMISE will be selling raffle tickets for its Super 50/50 Cash Raffle at the St. Peter’s after all Masses on  June 6 and 7. Cash, credit cards and checks accepted.

Grand Prize
25% of the proceeds (up to $20,000)
Second Prize
10% of the proceeds (up to $8,000)
15 Third Prizes
1% of proceeds (up to $800 each)

A maximum of 800 tickets will be sold for $100.00 each.  The drawing will be held on June 30, 2015 at the Family Promise offices in Ridgewood, NJ. The winner need not be present.

You may also purchase tickets by calling 201-833-8009. For more information visit


St. Peter Academy
Barnes & Noble Book Fair

St. Peter Academy to host a Barnes & Noble Book Fair

St. Peter Academy will host a Barnes & Noble Book Fair on Monday, June 8th from 9AM – 11PM at 765 Rt.17 South, Paramus.

Purchases you make at the store on Monday June 8th, or online between Monday-Friday, June 8 – June 12, will be credited to St. Peter Academy when you present our special voucher. The school earns from 10-20% of all qualifying purchases!

Vouchers may be found on our school website – and in the “take one” racks at the doors of the church.   Pick up summer reading for yourself and your children!  Select Graduation and Father’s Day gifts! There are so many gifts to choose at Barnes & Noble!!  This is a great and easy way to support St. Peter Academy at no additional cost to you!

For further information, contact Teresa Donohue at


Registration Form /
Volunteer Information

Vacation Bible Camp
August 3-7, 2015


Registration forms due by June 30th. See form for details.


Calendar Request and
Fund Raising Activity Forms


Join St. Peter’s on an
Exciting Trip to GERMANY!

Join St Peter’s on an exciting trip to GERMANY!!!!
July 22-31, 2016
Travel with us on a Globus Tour to Bavaria including Munich, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Black Forest, and Oberammergau.

All first class hotels, deluxe motor coach transportation, and tour guide.
Full buffet breakfast daily, 1 special lunch, and 4 three course dinners with wine.
Per person price based on double occupancy $2049. Air price not available at this time.
If booked by June 20, 2015 there is a 10% discount so book early!
Travel insurance available.

Contact Bob Setzer 201-712-9272 or for literature and more information.


Pilgrim Statue
of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through June 28, 2015.


Quick Links


A Prayer for the Family
Music by Vincent McHale
Arranged by Jim Gregory
Performed by St. Peter’s Adult & Children’s Choirs

Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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Outside St. Peter’s

Donations Needed for Camp Lots of Fun

Camp Lots of Fun
A Program of Family Promise
of Bergen County
100 Dayton Street
Ridgewood, NJ  07450
Camp Lots of Fun provides a true summer camp experience for 30 children, ages 5-12. Current and former residents of Family Promise Sheltering Programs are eligible and, when space permits, children from other agencies are accommodated. Camp will be held August 17 through 28 at the Central Unitarian Church on Forest Avenue in Paramus. Youth Council and other high school students serve as volunteer counselors. It is solely funded by the generosity of congregations, businesses, individuals and other non-profit organizations.

Donations Needed:

40 single use cameras – cost approx. $220.00
40 lunches for 8 days. On trip days, the lunches need to be bagged lunches and need to arrive at camp by 8:45 a.m.
Snacks, such as Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, and peanut butter crackers.
Cereal/Granola bars, 300 juice boxes, and bottled water.
Arts and Crafts supplies.
35 Kohl’s Gift Cards ($50 each) for school clothes
Pizza Lunch – $250.00
Breakfast: Donuts, bagels and juice boxes.

Monetary donations are also needed for the many special events planned:

$ 250 – Magician
$ 450 – Frisbee Guy
$ 300 – Odyssey Athletic Club
$ 200 – Bowler City
$ 420 – Mad Science
$1200 – Liberty Science Center
$1500 – Keansburg Amusement Park
$ 450 – Bowtie Cinemas
$ 700 – Wild and Wacky
$ 600 – Pyramid Dance Company
$ 625 – National Circus Project
$1800 – Overnight Camping Trip
$5500 – Bus Fees

For more information, contact the new camp director, Blake Visconti (551) 206-3170. More info online at

May 31: "Play for Craig" Fundraiser

Join the River Dell golf team in hosting a mini golfing fundraiser at the Paramus Mini Golf course to raise money in memory of our friend and team mate Craig Turner who recently passed due to a rare type of brain tumor. Our goal is to raise a sufficient amount of money to help raise awareness in honor of Craig. Proceeds will be donated to the American Brain Tumor Association. The event will take place from 10 am- 9pm this May 31. Adults are $10 and student/kids are $8. There will be food, refreshments and raffles. Thank you all for your support.

June 6: A Day of Comfort and Hope

The Office of Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Newark invites all parents who have suffered the loss of a child to attend ‘A Day of Comfort and Hope’ on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Notre Dame RC Church, 359 Central Avenue, North Caldwell. This full-day retreat affords bereaved parents the opportunity to join together in a caring, spiritual setting for prayer, meditation, discussion, presentations, fellowship and Holy Mass. Pre-registration is required by May 29th; space is limited. For information, please contact the Family Life Office at 973-497-4327.

June 6: Town Wide Garage Sale

The Woman’s Club of River Edge, Inc. will hold its 21st Annual Town Wide Garage Sale from 9 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th with a rain date of Sunday, June 7. A donation of $15 includes a garage sale ad in the Town News and The Record; publicity in local Church bulletins and on Cablevision and signs around town. Town Maps, indicating participating houses, will be distributed FREE at Memorial Park on sale day.

Each participating resident must obtain a garage sale permit from Borough Hall. Deadline for registration is Friday, May 29. A check,in the amount of $15, payable to “The Woman’s Club of River Edge, Inc.” should be mailed to Marge Garofalo, 260 Kensington Road, NJ 07661. Include telephone number for verification. For more information call 201-262-3022.


July 6-12: Monastic Live-In

Looking for peace and balance in your life? Benedictine Sisters at Saint Walburga Monastery in Elizabeth, NJ, invite Catholic women over 18 to live, work and pray with the monastic community for a week Sunday, July 5 to Sunday, July 12. $200 for the week. For information, registration, call Sr. Marita at 908-353-3028.

Principals Sought

The Archdiocese of Newark is seeking qualified Catholic educators to apply for K-12 principal positions.  If interested, send resume and three letters of reference to additional information go to:  Catholic Schools NJ

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients.

If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact:

Rev. David Armstrong
Director, Pastoral Care
Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601


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